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CAMAGU Festival sets spring in motion

The brains behind CAMAGU Festival, Karabelo Lekalake (left) and Lebo Leisa

By Chamu Wilson                                                           –

Theatre enthusiasts in Bloemfontein will welcome the spring season in style with nine days of mouth-watering performances from some of the most entertaining theatre productions as the inaugural CAMAGU Festival kicks off.

The theatre, dance and poetry extravaganza is set to bring together prominent names in theatre directing from the Free State and beyond. A brainchild of Lebo Leisa of Thope Productions and Karabelo Lekalake, the chairperson of Free State Wombman in Theatre, CAMAGU will also see workshops which will be conducted by some of the experienced directors.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Civic Theatre in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, CAMAGU founder and Festival Director, Leisa, said one of the objectives of the festival is to promote indigenous theatre and dance.

“The idea of CAMAGU Festival was mooted sometime in 2015 by various women in theatre. The objective was to create a platform to showcase and promote indigenous theatre and dances in the Free State. We are excited that the dream has finally come to fruition and this festival is off the ground. CAMAGU Festival will run from the Sept 01 to 09 and will take the form of theatre, poetry and dance sessions. There will also be theatre workshops to assist upcoming directors,” Leisa said.

According to Leisa, a total of 10 theatre productions will be shown with five of them coming from the province while the rest will be from other parts of the country. One of the productions to be shown is the immensely successful Paleho, which was produced and directed by Leisa herself. The production received rave reviews throughout the country as well as sold-outs attendances at various theatre houses.

The shows will be staged at PACOFS as well as the Civic Theatre in Bloemfontein.

Tickets are being sold at PACOFS at R70 for normal tickets while block purchases of 10 tickets or more will be R50 each. Students will also buy the tickets at a discounted rate of R50.

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